I’ve been trying out a closed beta of Zattoo over the past few days, and it’s pretty darn cool. For those who don’t know, it’s real live television beamed to your PC over your broadband Internet connection. No box, no aerial, no plug-in tuners. The image you see here is taken from standard daytime BBC television running at approx 5 seconds delay from the live transmission (yes I checked).
Now setting aside what damage this could do to newbie services like Joost (have you folks all got your invites yet from the previous thread – I hope that you’re all helping each other out) and Bablegum, it’s a simply astonishing piece of P2P technology. Remember that this isn’t a package of no-name, C level programming cast-offs from late night cable, but prime time premium television (hah!) beamed from subscriber stations to anywhere in the world on demand via a small downloaded player.
The quality is at least as good as Joost, if not better, and the content speaks for itself. In fact the only rival I can see for this is the Slingbox, which gives you your own stored PVR content anywhere on demand via the browser. Television has just gone global, and it should only get better as the technology improves (and maybe Open Source moves in?). Now all that’s needed is some decent programmes.